Then hit the batting cages, work on your knuckleball (which by the way, R.A. Dickey would teach you if you win this auction to benefit Shannon Forde) and start working off some of that excess fat and then place a call to Sandy Alderson, get signed to the New York Mets and be on the team when they win a game at home.
Or if that sounds like too much work, Read the Apple is running a kickstarter to make a Captain Shorts t-shirt.
Randy over at Read the Apple is running a photoshop contest to win a No-Han DVD.
Your job is to “find” the Captain by Photoshopping him into where you think he’s gone. Use whatever means necessary to accomplish your task. MSPaints, Photoshop, heck even Instagram, just find him and send your findings to firstname.lastname@example.org by the time the Mets return home on August 7th. I will select the 5 best/funniest entries to receive a prize.
Have some fun with it. If you don’t know about the Captain Shorts meme click through and read about it, but if you don’t know who Captain Shorts is, you’re clearly not reading the Apple enough. My photoshop features Captain Shorts abandoning the Mets to hang with Ronald McDonald.
Despite six games in the books, baseball doesn’t feel real until I return to a baseball stadium for a real game. (Spring Training was nice and all, but it’s not the same)
Starting at noon today, I will trek out to Citi Field for Opening Day against the Washington Nationals. First order of business: Read the Apple tailgate! Following that, I intend to do a lap around Citi Field on the outside, and then a lap around Citi Field on the inside. I like to take in the tiny minutia that changes from year to year. Ralph Kiner will throw out the first pitch. The Mets will bat in the bottom of the order. Hopefully the Mets will win.
Tomorrow’s high is 53 degrees, and with the usual wind at Citi Field it’ll probably feel colder than that. I’ll be wearing my Dickey shirt, covered by an orange sweatshirt under my cream colored Pagan jersey. And a blue cap.
One of the things I intend to focus on is the beer selection. I’ve heard there are some new brews at Citi Field, to complement the nice selection that already exists. I floated the idea that Citi Field has the best beer selection in the majors, but I”m thinking that’s probably not entirely true. After I do Citi Field’s list, I’m going to do some research on other parks I attend, and other parks I don’t attend, and try to come to researched opinion on beer at baseball stadiums.
I’ll have a lot of pictures from Opening Day to share this weekend, and perhaps scattered among posts throughout the season. And to top it off, I get to go back to Citi on Sunday!
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Much has been made of the Mets current financial woes, but I’ve recently learned of a new plan they have to raise some money. Starting on Opening Day the Mets are going to start a new concession booth at Citi Field out in the center field concourse. This new stand will sell new and used Mets blogs at a reasonable price.
First up is the esteemed blog, Read the Apple. In what is perhaps a misinterpreted understanding of common adages, the Mets believe if they sell an Apple a day, it’ll keep the doctors away. Health is a key component to a successful Mets season, and they’re doing everything they can.
All articles featuring The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Optimistic Mets Fan would like to thank The Apple, and the Academy, for awarding us a prestigious Fonzie award.